About Momma

Now 82-years-old on February 22 and I'm still on the right side of the grass.. Mother of two sons and one daughter (Bloggers SEB and Cindyisms are two of them). I'm Grandmother of three. I have lived with my daughter for nine months now and she hasn't kicked me out yet. I stay active with household chores,and feeding my zoo. (3 cats, 1 dog, and 2 birds.) Retired after 29 years+ at Michigan Bell Telephone and ten+ years with The Oakland Press. I was active with the telephone company union and a Dale Carnegie graduate. I work at crocheting, knitting, making ornaments, and other projects. I do a little canning. I trained with the Michigan Bell Clown troupe and then I was a clown doing parades, parties, and picnics for about 15 years. My other passions are music from the 50s through the 80s, reading, birds, flowers, my pets, big cats, and of course blogging!

Emptying The Dashboard.

Well Easter dinner was good but we missed two of our family due to other commitments.  I received a phone call from them but both had other duties to do. (just a little crestfallen but I understand.)

Here is xon Lesley and daughter-in-law Anne with grand daughter Courtney

Cindy and David

I was again behind the camera.  It was a tasty dinner and the blue bunny cake matched Annes fingernails!

Well yesterday I ordered a Butterfly bush from Michigan Bulb company to go in the left corner of the front  yard.  Then Cindy and I went out to Home Depot for the wooden guards to go around the base of the bush when it arrives.  We also picked up a pump for our fountain.

I brought this from my old house because I couldn’t stand to leave it behind.

While out we went to JoAnn’s for a sale for people over 50 years old.  ( I qualify).

This went in the vase at our inside kitchen window.

On the outside these caught our eye.

For the front door the butterflies were chosen

For the porch door the the nest one won out.

This was added to the backyard two days ago.

A new gazing  ball for my stand.

The flag was changed right after Easter

This is to match the visitors in the yard.

I’m waiting for the first of May because that is when the Humming bird  feeder goes up.  Our visitors so far.

A Red- Bellied  Woodpecker

Chipping Sparrow

several Mourning Doves. They sound like they giggle when they fly off.

 

The American Robin

There will be more as I catch them on camera.  It is a very, wet, rainy day (great for the plants) This is it for today

 

Preparing The Outside

Saturday was a busy day for all of us.

The Lilacs went in by the side gate.

David’s nephew, Mathew came over to plant the bushes and ended up doing several things to help us out.

He planted the Fire bush in the right corner of the front yard.

The sod he removed from both areas he moved to the area in the side yard where the inflatable was over Halloween.  He dug out that area and place the sod in there.

 

 

These are pictures of the  raised beds that David and Mathew put together under the front living room .window.  As you can see there are two sections.

Cindy and I picked the unit up at Sam’s Club,  We then hauled dirt to fill them and picked out the plants to go in them. We chose Viola Starry Night, Asiatic Lily, Woodland Phlox (Blue Moon),  Iceland Poppy (Champagne Bubbles), Carpet Bugleweed (Black Scallop), and the pancies from the containers,  Now this involve one trip for Cindy and me then she had to go back a second time.

 

David  enclose an area half way up on one side of the back porch.

We all took a hand at painting it.

The two openings will be finished to hold containers for plants.

David also refinished the front door that had some rust damage on it.

A very nice job that improved not only the looks but allows use of the entry.

the tulips next to the raised flower bed are ready to bloom

My little water girl was very busy!

More about Easter dinner tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

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Decor And Flowers

More Easter coming your way before Easter really arrives.

 

Left side of the dining room window

Right side of the dining room window

The inside window in the kitchen

This concludes the Easter decor series.

This is the first of four bushes that went in the ground today.

Tomorrow the two Lilacs and the Fire bush go in the ground..

Yesterday I picked up Pansies.

This was after I read they survive in the cold

That is if they are in a container not in the ground yet.

Today we found this

Cindy and I really like them.

What are they? –Beats me. I don’t need a name to like something.

Next will come the birds that are visiting the feeders.

I hope your Easter plans are under control ours are.

 

Coming Together!

Yep it is getting exciting now.  We are expecting the ottoman and the side table any day now to complete the makeover in the living room.  Cindy ordered remote antennas for the tvs in the bedrooms which are due in anytime.  Cable and internet improvements are due tomorrow.

Outside my new gazing ball comes soon and there are four bushes to plant on Saturday.  The two lilacs will go by the side door gate.  I bought a Fire Bush and a Forsythia yesterday. Where they will go it is yet to be decided. .

Our Easter dinner is tentatively pizza, breadsticks, salad, and a bunny cake.  If we have trouble getting pizza on Easter I do have a beef dish I can make.

More Easter decor

This fellow is in the front room window.

The egg tree is on the kitchen counter

The egg bunny is on a side table in the living room.

My new reading material is Patricia Cornwell’s novel Ripper.  Printed on shiny pages though out it is heavy but the story line in almost biographical with pictures so it adds to the interest.

Well my zoo awaits and since David made french toast for our breakfast I had better hustle my bustle and start feeding.  Have a good productive day.

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Back Now

Good Morning!    Well I have been away for a few days but I’m back now.  I have just finished Eoin Colfer’s novel, AND  ANOTHER THING and am so ready for a mystery.  Being a sequel to Hitchhiker’s Guide To The  Galaxy it was a difficult thing to get through.

We are now four days from Easter with a few more pictures of decor to show you.

This is in the inside window

The kitchen counter showing the eggs on the doors

On the fridge

The new chair came

Cindy tried it out and liked it

In the next couple of days a new ottoman  and a side table are expected.  Cindy picked both of them out.  The ottoman was chosen with Molly and Brandy in mind.  It has storage for extra blankets inside.

Yesterday David and I picked out a couple of things to improve the side porch. ( Pictures later).

Easter dinner will be non traditional.

Well it is 5:10 am so I think I’ll hit the tick for a couple of more hours have a great day.

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Sleepy Time

Good Morning   It is gray, wet, and definitely down in the mouth weather this morning. The forecast is 39 degrees now with rain until tomorrow.. What does that do to our house?

Brandy moved from the bed to the sofa.

That is one of my crochet projects.

Lilly chose the back of my chair

Cali prefers a window seat.

Molly join the crew of sleeping beauties

All are back sleeping which to me on a day like today is the best thing to do.  But the good news is that for the next 9 days it should be no rain, the high (on Monday) should be 74 beautiful degrees.  The lowest (high) this week should be 46 degrees.

Today is nails day and I think I will go back to a ruby or maroon color again.  I think I’ll get Brandy groomed also. I took care of my zoo clean up yesterday so it is only feed today.

I need a visit to the grocery store for a few items I’m out of but I have my list started and if I stick with it It won’t be too bad.

I think it ids time to show you the bathroom Easter display.

It makes sitting a lot more pleasant than bare shelves.

The mirror didn’t escape either this time.

In the right hand panel

on the bathroom mirror
on the left panel

 

In the middle Panel

Mirrors make great places to decorate because they are big enough to let you still use them when you are done.

 

 

 

 

Well it is almost 10:30 and time to start waking up everyone and feeding.

David and I are working on clearing, sorting, and rearranging shelves, cabinets, and cupboards. Not a quick or easy job but if we stick with it we will realize more room and convenience.   It ain’t Spring cleaning but we can count it under that heading.

Day 4

Well I dd it.  I went out, found another piece of  furniture for my bedroom.  I ask David to work on it for me.

He worked on it this afternoon and got it ready for me.

This is the results

I needed a sturdy cabinet to set my small TV on .

But I also needed storage space for my projects and this helped to relieve the problem.  Items that are too big will still go in the plastic cabinet that I had sitting there before.  My Bose is now sitting on top my dresser so I’m still in business.

My decoration for today are the things hanging on the hallway doors.

This is on the bathroom door

on cindy’s door

on my door

When I was out today I found this.

An offspring for the bunnies in the window.

I couldn’t resist him.  ( Click to enlarge)

Well the fridge message was

Days are long

But the will is strong.

One foot in front of the other.

Well that is it for today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Showers Yep Their Coming!

The third of April with a promise of rain at 2 pm but right now it is 44 degrees so that means if I am going outside for a while it will have to be this morning.  I have come to look forward to the outside feeling, sitting on the swing (sometimes with Brandy), and just watching the birds.

Yesterday The Mourning doves were on the ground  at both feeders cooing as they ate. The Black- Capped Chickadee is a daily visitor to the feeders.  Two Robins also marched along the fence checking for worms.  A female Cardinal visited the feeder but the male was absent. I have what I think is a Common Grackle  that comes to the feeder almost every day but I can’t be sure yet.

As to the very little visitors I have yet not had time to identify them but I’l keep watching.  Next more decorations for outside.

This is on our side door to greet visitors

On the front is this beauty

Both of these above items came from my old home but they are doing a fine job here.

This appears on the inside of the side door.

Well that is a few more items of the many that are waiting to have you see them.

Well Saturday morning Cindy, David, and I went to see Beauty And The Beast.  This is the first time in many years that I have stepped inside a movie theater.  I enjoyed the movie. I felt that it was very well done and would recommend it to everyone.

Well my friend I haven’t yet written my fridge message for the day but I will get at it when I start feeding the zoo.  Have a great day and an even better month.

 

Got Plans!

Well it is almost good afternoon.  The message on the fridge today is this

Gray, wet, cold, go back to bed day if I ever saw one. But I won’t

This is in the archway to the living room.

Both windsocks are adding to the decorations but one is hiding something.

This poor fellow disappeared when the socks went up.

But you can’t always have top billing when the director is not up to snuff on the project. Just bare with me and we will continue on shortly.

In the meantime I did work some more on one of  the arm covers for the sectional. This well take a little than I thought but I will get them done.

The carnations are still hanging in there ( like carnations do) so they will live to see at least another day.

Well April is almost here and we are planning the yard improvement.  Under consideration is raised beds in the corner out front.  Maybe a Firebush because they grow quickly, spread well and turn  a lovely color in the Fall. More flowers that mature during the Summer and into the Fall are needed also. Do you have any plans for your yard this Summer?

Hey who is that stranger taking pictures out there?

She looks a little familiar